Setting the council's budget for the next financial year - 2014/15
We have set out our budget proposals for the next financial year, which begins in April 2014. The proposals were agreed at our Policy and Resources Committee on 5 December. These proposals will be subject to wide consultation and a final decision will be made by Full Council on 27 February 2014.
Our spending plans for 2014/15
Our budget proposals reflect a budget gap of around £23.6 million in the year ahead. This gap is a result of government reductions in funding to the council, and an increased demand for some services due to changes in the city’s population.
The proposals include redesigning services, improving the efficiency of our services and a proposed rise in council tax of 2% to help meet the budget gap.
Our Value for Money programme has already saved £22.76 million over the past three years. We aim to make further savings through service efficiencies of at least £8.285 million in 2014/15.
- Read key points from our budget proposals
- Get full details of our budget proposals (PDF 1.6MB) and equality impact assessments (PDF 397kb)
- The timetable for setting the budget for 2014/15
- Find out about our budget consultation and have your say
Watch our video about the council budget
Our video has information about the council budget, where it comes from, what it's spent on and how it's changing. You can also download a transcript of our video (PDF 19kb)
We’re asking residents and businesses about our services. Use our budget tool to find out more about council spending and funding and feedback your thoughts. The budget tool illustrates the current cost of our services and gives you a chance to have your say about your priorities.
We’ve sent 3,300 residents a questionnaire asking for their thoughts on council spending and how we fund our services. The questionnaire is also available on our consultation portal.
Over the coming months there will also be engagement with other groups, for example we’ll be meeting to consult our business community. The council will also consult with Trades Unions and staff and ensure there is cross party involvement in reviewing finance and performance information.
Find out more
Leader's live chat - Open Door webcast on 3 December
The leader of the council, Councillor Jason Kitcat, will take part in a webcast on Tuesday 3 December to answer your questions about the budget. You can access the webcast and find out more on our Open Door web page.
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